Opening on August 6th, 2022 at KP Projects in Los Angeles, California is their 25th Anniversary group exhibition!
Once a small but refined counter-culture space, the gallery has grown to become a respected powerhouse in the contemporary art world. Embracing the emerging movements of Pop Surrealism, Low Brow, New Contemporary, and Street Art, Karnowsky’s keen eye that supported the early careers of artists Shepard Fairey, Todd Schorr, Mark Ryden, Camille Rose Garcia, Kent Williams, Friends With You, Toshio Saeki, Victor Castillo, Mercedes Henlwein, Vonn Sumner, as well as photographers Vivian Maier and Henri Dauman has sustained her reputation and vision for two and a half decades.
According to American Art Collector Magazine editor Sarah Gianelli (June 2022 issue) “Gallerist Merry Karnowsky is something of a legend in the Los Angeles art world. Recognized for her pioneering role in elevating the Surreal Pop and Lowbrow art movements that originated in the late 1980s from the streets into the spotlight.”
“[Merry’s] gallery was the first I saw take the work that I loved from underground culture and bring it into a white cube space,” says Heidi Johnson, founder of Hijinx Arts, an artist management and public relations firm. “She created awareness of these incredible artists and built value in the movement early on, bringing it to a landed market and newly percolating young collectors…Merry is and has always been right on the pulse, in tune with both artists and the collectors.” – Heidi Johnston Hijinx PR.